Moylan Supports New Legislation to Freeze Property Taxes

DES PLAINES, Ill. – To help ease the growing burden on local property tax payers, state Rep. Marty Moylan, D-Des Plaines, voted in favor of legislation that would freeze property tax rates on Tuesday.

“When speaking with the hard working families of my district, the number one thing I hear is the need for property tax relief,” Moylan said. “We have some families paying a greater amount in property taxes each month than the amount they pay on their mortgage. The current system is out of control and we need to act to lower the burden on middle-class families.”

Moylan supported House Bill 691, which prohibits any level of government from raising property tax rates beginning in 2016 unless it is approved by a majority of voters. This legislation would give local residents an unprecedented level of control over their property tax rates. The measure mirrored the property tax freeze language introduced by the governor as part of his “Turnaround Agenda.”

In addition to his legislative efforts, Moylan held property tax appeal seminars in Elk Grove Township on April 13 and Maine Township on May 11. Illinois has the second highest property tax burden in the country and tax rates increased 18 percent from 2010 to 2012. These rates came at a time when many homes lost value.

“The families I represent are counting on the Legislature and Governor to work together to enact this meaningful and necessary property tax freeze,” Moylan said. “The measure I supported today was exactly the same as the governor’s proposed language for property tax relief, and I’m happy we could find common ground to help the middle-class families find the the peace of mind they deserve in knowing their property tax rates will not go up year after year.”

For more information, please contact Moylan’s full-time constituent service office at 847-635-6821 or